The Driverless Future: Asking the Big Questions

Line art showing Charlottesville/UVA skyline

Daylong series of public conversations to focus on ways autonomous vehicle technology will transform physical and social landscapes of Charlottesville and small-to-medium sized cities around the country

September 30, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Abbott Center, Darden School of Business (Map)
Free Public Event (Registration Required)

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University of Virginia/City of Charlottesville/Commonwealth of Virginia/Perrone Robotics:
A Public-Private Collaboration to Unite Innovation and Equity


Join Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson, UVA Provost Tom Katsouleas and experts from around the Grounds and across the country to examine how the quickly emerging technology of driverless cars will transform small and medium-sized cities like Charlottesville.

Billed as a community conversation rather than an academic conference, The Driverless Future: Asking the Big Questions will feature a series of hour-long discussions throughout the day built around key questions including:

  • How will driverless cars change the physical design of small and large cities and their surrounding regions?
  • How will driverless cars affect human well-being, and how can public policy address this?
  • Will driverless cars improve our general quality of life?
  • How will autonomous vehicles impact private and public transportation systems?
  • How can we best prepare the economically disenfranchised for this transition?

Attendees will also have a chance to experience the driverless car revolution for themselves thanks to live demonstrations provided by Perrone Robotics, which will have several autonomous vehicles running throughout the day on a closed loop on UVA Grounds.

Who Should Attend

You! This is a free public event, but registration is required

Directions & Parking

Darden is located at 100 Darden Blvd. Charlottesville, off of Massie Road.  Parking is available in the Darden Parking Garage. As you exit the garage, the Abbott Center is across the courtyard and to the right (see map).

Directions to the Darden School of Business.